09/08 Tai Ping Small Group (New Connection)

Annie, from SYME, introduced me to a small women’s group interested in starting the Directions ministry.  Today was the second time we met, after an introduction last Saturday.  There are two members in this group currently, and I am taking time in the initial stages to encourage and promote their own group.

These women are from an area church, where Annie initially tried to help them start a mentoring ministry, but ran into some opposition.  They decided to meet in an area home.

Pray for their faithfulness, as you know, this type of ministry have many people start but few finish.

 

09/06 Yuan Lin Leadership Group (Update)

From right to left, Missionary Linda Huang, Deacon Gao, Xin Hong, and I continue our study through Compass(D2).  We have been meeting for over a year.

Linda has a Ministry through her office to the community.  From counseling to benevolent services.   She also has four Directions groups.

Deacon Gao is a leader in CBC Baptist Church.  He has a large Bible study he does on Mondays.  I meet him in our initial Directions study in his local church.  he also invest a lot of energy into Xin Hong life.

Xin Hong, who is about to complete his Directions study with me, has already started other small groups.

This group of individuals are making a large impact in their community and local church.

Pray for all of them as they continue to invest God’s word into other believers lives.  Pray for more opportunities for them, as they help establish mentoring ministries with others they encounter.

 

09/05 Pastor Jia In Zhong (3rd Generation)

Hey, do you remember, Pastor  Zhong? I have known Jia In Zhong for well over three years.  We connected several times, then finally decided to get together and start a one-on-one Directions group.  We then continued on to D2 and now we are reviewing How to prepare a sermon, Homiletic’s.

Zhong Jia In is currently Pastoring Elove Church in Tan Zi.   It is a church for an Aboriginal outreach but they are there for everyone.   Currently in his church, he is leading his leaders through D2.  He has caught the vision. He is involved in many other ministry’s.

Friday Evening:  D2 study in his church. 13 individuals

Sunday Afternoon: two small groups.  One is a Directions group 1:30, the other is 3:00 meeting where he meets a couple preparing to get married.

Every day 5:30AM:  Directions groups with a a couple.

Every Evening 21:00PM: He has his second generation female church member, Chao Yi, who Disciples another one to one.

Every Evening 21:00PM: He has his second generation son, Wei Ming, who leads the other son.

Pray for his ministry at the local church.  His request is that you pray for all he comes in contact with to better understand truth.  He often introduces Directions/D2 to other Pastors.

 

08/23 Eunice Yang (3rd Generation-Yuan Lin)

Eunice Yang currently has a small group in Yuan Lin.  Her daughter, Jamie, and her have been leading this group for several months.  The both came from the first Yuan Lin small group several years ago.

The Lord has got a hold of her and her daughter, as they, with authority, lead others from several different churches.

I often visit their group, to attend, not to lead.

Pray for these two as they continue the Great Commission in their part of Taiwan.  Pray for fruit to spawn from her small group. 

08/08 Jane Huang (3rd Generation)

Do you all remember Jane Huang who came to visit last year with us?  Well, the Lord has been using her here in Taiwan at her local church, Taizhong Baptist Church.

This post is a little late, she had started this group many months ago.  She is fulfilling the Ministry of Reconciliation where ever she can.   She indicated to me that one of the young men, because of the mentoring process, committed to getting Baptized.  I am proud of her, but more importantly, she will be able to give Glory to God in the future through her commitment to Christ.  Jane has also been a faithful participant during the Sunday night bible study.  I am not sure how many have continued the process, but I am sure she is ready to lead.

Pray for her as she mentors others.  Pray for her testimony and her influence in her local church. 

08/01 Reaching our Community (Outreach)

We are settled in and are winding up for the coming Fall.  Jami will pick up some part-time ESL teaching and I have four hours at NTCUST.  Abbey has a two week introduction time at her school (7/31-8/11) and will begin normal classes 8/31.

The ESL times are outreaches to connect students with ESL Bible Studies,  Summer camps and the New growing Sunday morning fellowship.  We have a lot of individuals prepared to start small groups on campus, at the new fellowship location, and other local churches.  We are capable of using Chinese, English or both.  Our family, Steve/Karen Calmes and family, David Allan, Raymond, Jane and others.

Pray for us as we open our house and lives to our community in a way that was not possible at our old residence.

07/18 Moving (Special Prayer Request)

Hey you all, we need your help.  Please pray that the lord will provide a dwelling to move into.  Pray for it to be located close to Abbey’s school, as well as, the campus we spend a lot of time at.  Pray for it to meet our needs and affordable.  Pray for it to be used to glorify Him.

07/17 Nan Tou Pres, Church (New Connection/D2)

This church has been a challenge from the beginning.  The Lord was making big changes, that I was not even aware of.  It began as a group of three people in an area Family Mart.

Originally, the group could not be in the local church because of opposition from church members.  But over the last two years, the original group has grown.  Another study was started by the Pastor, and we have seen this group of three grow into two small groups of about fifteen people.

The Pastor of the church was not accepting of the mentoring process through Directions.  But a retired Pastor, lower left, told the congregation that it was a great study last year.  What happened?  This group started to meet in the local church.  Another group was created by the opposing Pastor.

Today, we all met to start the D2 study.

Pray for this local church.  That they overcome traditions that are opposite of Biblical doctrine.  Pray for the leadership, allowing God to change opinions and attitudes allowing spiritual change.

 

04/21 Tan Zi Love Church (Compass/D2)

received_10207670145546300The Love Church is doing great in its study of Discipleship 2.  I lead them through the First phase and Pastor Zhong has led them through the second phase.  We are now concentrating on Phase three, How to study the Bible principles.  Pastor Zhong and I work as a team in this part.

received_10207670139706154Pastor Zhong and I have been doing a self study of this material for several months in preparation of their church study.

James will join me in this study to share and contribute.  Ultimately, both Pastor Zhong and James will carry the torch in the future.

Pray for us as we continue this study, that heart understand.

04/02 Sunday Evening Fellowship (Update)

IMG_20170402_205014The Sunday night fellowship continues.  For the past few months, I have only been leading the first Sunday night of each month.  Glennda and Steve have lead the way over the past few months.

I had an opportunity to speak with Glennda, and we will start the Directions Study next fall.  Steve will have returned from the States by then.  We will cover a Lesson each month.

Glennda has a Team coming in from the USA starting in June, and will lead this group through the Summer.  This fall we have others who are ready to help administer Directions.

Pray for this group, for their commitment level to continue to rise.  Pray for this summers activities.  Pray for next Fall, and the implementation of Directions.